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Congrégation de Notre-Dame Receives Honorary Degree At Stfx Spring Convocation

Sr. Rebecca McKenna, CND, was at the StFX University Spring Convocation on May 5th to receive an Honorary Degree on behalf of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame for its work in liberating education.

This award acknowledges that the lives of the sisters truly made a difference, and contributed to the common mission at StFX, Sr. Rebecca says. It recognizes the part the CND played in the larger story, especially in expanding the parameters of education for women. You can watch the live-streaming of the convocation at:

https://www.stfx.ca/student-life/convocation/spring-convocation

The presentation to the Congrégation de Notre-Dame is in the afternoon ceremony. [Approximate time 1:40:16]

Catherine Walker, CND, with members of the administration team


Good News:

Sr. Patricia Simpson’s book Brave Beginnings has recently been reprinted and can be purchased through Musée Marguerite Bourgeoys! The retail price is $10.50. Payment must be made before the book is mailed to you and credit card payment is available. To place your order email boutique@marguerite-bourgeoys.com

Nina Glinski, CND


A Grand Celebration was held at the CND Health Care Center on Sunday, May 5th in honor of Sr. Mary Edna Levangie's 100th Birthday. Her party was attended by numerous family and friends. A beautiful letter from Sr. Agnes Campbell, Congregation leader was read depicting Sr. Mary Edna's life. Music, song, anecdotes, cake and punch completed the afternoon.

Arlene Rutledge, health care coordinator


CND Contribution To Sowing Hope For The Planet Campaign

With a desire to highlight and share with each other how Religious Communities are bringing the message of Laudato Sí to life, the UISG in Rome initiated the Sowing Hope for the Planet campaign.

http://www.internationalunionsuperiorsgeneral.org/campaign-sowing-hope-planet/

By participating in the Campaign, we are continuing in our commitment to care for our Common Home. The Campaign will enrich our reflection, consolidate our actions and initiate new actions.

This weekend, slides from Campaign participants will be shown at the UISG plenary. Our contribution is a piece of art, a mosaic. Wishing to find ways to communicate contemplatively with our hearts, all provinces and regions of the Congregation worked together to combine examples of transforming actions that we take as we strive for solidarity, justice and peace. The grout holding it all together is our common mission and our pledge to liberating education that brings us to encounters with others and the earth. We hope that this mosaic can be an inspiration for all participating communities, enrich reflection and stimulate action. The Mosaic was created by Claire Jacmin-Park, a recent graduate from the Fine Arts program at Concordia University in Montreal. While the images are all from recent events, the placement, colour and silhouette of the piece evoke a sense of energy and movement from action to action that is deeply grounded in the wisdom that ‘everything is connected’ (Laudato Sí 49). Claire told us that she anchored her interpretation on the spirit of collaboration and joy that she discovered in her encounter with the Congrégation de Notre-Dame community.

Monica Lambton, JPIC Coordinator


Installation Of New Archbishop Of Kingston

On Friday, May 3, 2019, eight Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame were present at St. Mary’s Cathedral for the Installation of Archbishop Michael Mulhall for the Archdiocese of Kingston. In the beautiful liturgical celebration Sister Denise Bérubé, CND did the second reading in French and Sister Rosemary Shannon, CND represented the CND community as part of the greetings from Religious Communities. A number of the Sisters attended the Reception after the Ceremony.

Rosemary Shannon, CND


In Celebration Of The 400th Anniversary Of The Birth Of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

On Sunday, April 7, 2019, Sister Marijke Gerretsen and I spent a delightful afternoon together as participants in a relatively new Program at the main branch of the recently renovated Kingston Frontenac Public Library. We became “Human Books.”

This Human Library Program provides an opportunity for individuals to become a “Book” (a source of knowledge) and the public are invited to enquire from the “Human Books” on a particular subject. In our case, the theme was Faith Traditions. The Kingston Interfaith Community, to which I belong, organized the event with Librarian Jake Miller.

In all, there were ten different faith traditions represented by fifteen people. We represented the Roman Catholic faith and the Religious Life. Armed with the Apostles Creed and several items of material about Marguerite Bourgeoys, we took our position at a table.

Unfortunately, we were not deluged with people enquiring about our faith, but Sister Marijke was kept busy responding to questions. A secondary outcome of the afternoon, when there was a lull, occurred when representatives of the different faiths spontaneously moved to one another’s tables seeking an exchange of beliefs or simply to chat. What a joyful, unique and meaningful experience!

Personal note: No one was allowed “to take out the Books.”

Alice Gazeley, Asssociate


Associate Relationship With The Congregation de Notre-Dame

The St. Joseph’s Catholic Women’s League Council, Kingston, initiated a few years ago a Speakers’ Series Program as part of its monthly meetings. The Series provides an opportunity to bring information from the Kingston community to the Council and in turn broadens the understanding of the work of the CWL in the Kingston Community.

On Monday, April 8, 2019, two of our CWL members, Mary Clancy and Barbara Quinn, were invited to speak on the topic of Associate Relationship with the Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame. They spoke of the Congregation’s Foundress, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, the work of the Sisters in Montreal and Kingston, the expansion of the Congregation and the commitment, as an associate, to the charism of St. Marguerite and the Sisters of her Congregation. They also spoke of the yearlong celebrations (2019-2020), one of which will be a special Mass on Friday, May 31, 2019, at 11:00 am at St. Joseph’s Church, during which both the Sisters and the Associates, in keeping with a tradition begun by St. Marguerite, will renew their commitments in the parish church. The questions and interest expressed following their remarks, was concrete evidence that there is a hunger for opportunities such as becoming an associate.

Alice Gazeley, Asssociate

 

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